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Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 14, 2008
2:41 PM

Post #4806762

I picked up this nice sized ginger (2 gal pot) at a flea market. When asked, the lady said "variegated ginger".

I am hoping someone can offer ID and information as to care and feeding please.

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Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 14, 2008
2:48 PM

Post #4806799

This photo shows a closer view of the foliage. It has some solid green, some pale green variegated leaves and some white variegated.

Does it need more light?

Is it reverting back to the green?

This plant stems from one base so I am guessing it is not a few plants in the pot.

Any idea which ginger?
Will it bloom?
Tropical? Or does it need winter protection?

I'm sure there are more questions rolling around in my head too...

TIA ~ pod

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TabacVille, NC
(Zone 7a)

April 14, 2008
5:13 PM

Post #4807471

Hiya Podster, what you have is a stromanthe. The leaves are variegated and it's Ginger related too. Just beautiful foliage, and mine grow outdoors, heavily mulched in filtered shade. They do love water.
The more interesting one is the Triostar Stromanthe. with 3 colors. Red, white and green.
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 14, 2008
6:25 PM

Post #4807771

So not actually a ginger. Yours survives 8a winters? Yea! Thanks for an ID, I will do some reading... pod
Sarasota, FL

May 18, 2008
6:02 PM

Post #4969217

I used to think that this was arrowroot. It looks similar but arrowroot has some purplish color on the leaves.
Slidell, LA
(Zone 8b)

August 16, 2008
2:59 PM

Post #5422286

I have one of those that a friend gave me She had no idea what it was. Thanks for the id!
Gainesville, FL

October 13, 2008
9:00 AM

Post #5665052

I think its actually a Ctentanthe, not a stromanthe
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 13, 2008
11:17 AM

Post #5665197

Thanks Gothqueen... after finding that it wasn't a ginger, I posted on the houseplant thread in search of an ID. I was given the Ctentanthe ID but although I had good intentions, I never found my way back here.

Sadly disappointed that it wasn't a ginger, I might add! Appreciate you... pod
Gainesville, FL

October 13, 2008
11:43 AM

Post #5665285

You are quite welcome. That is an old "Pass-along" plant here, its funny but everyone calls it either a ginger, or a Ti leaf here too. What's even more humorous is that no one can ever seem to exactly remember when and where they got theirs, its like its "always been in the yard". I have one that is highly variegated, its a neat plant.

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